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Jedi Mind Tricks: Cognitive Biases in Game Development


A crash course in the cognitive biases that affect our game development teams, especially independent developers. This course will give you the tools you need to understand people and build teams with better culture and happier developers. Have you ever wondered why luck seems like such a major factor in the success of a game or studio? Have you ever felt like an impostor while leading your team through development? Have you tried to motivate your team with mixed results? Learn about the surprising ways your brain can trick you, how they relate to game development and how to avoid these traps. Each of these cognitive biases will be discussed, supplemented by relevant psychological and behavioral research.

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